Organist Christoph Bull to Perform at Pomona College
Internationally acclaimed concert organist Christoph Bull, known as “the rock star of the organ world” by KPCC’s John Rabe, will perform on the College’s stunning Hill Memorial Organ in Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. The concert, featuring the music of J. S. Bach, Brahms and Bull, is free and open to the public.
This German-born performer likes organ music, rock music and rocking organ music ever since practicing the organ in the choir loft and with a rock band in the basement of the same church as a teenager. His most recent endeavors have included the independent release of the premiere recording of the pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles last year. Titled First & Grand (2010), it has garnered acclaim from listeners and critics alike, and KCRW’s Tom Schnabel said about First & Grand, “if you don’t like organ, you’ll change your mind after hearing this.” Also, Bull gave the inaugural concert on the Pacific Symphony’s new organ series at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County with the Los Angeles Times writing, “Christoph Bull made Segerstrom vibrate, if not shake.”
Born and raised in Mannheim, Germany, he now resides in Los Angeles and is university organist and organ professor at UCLA. At age five he started improvising on the piano and has been giving public concerts since the age of twelve. Having studied at top conservatories in Germany and the U.S., he has won international awards in performance and composition.
Equally versed in classical and popular music, he has performed around the world, from Europe, to India, the U.S. and to Russia, at venues such as Lincoln Center in New York; the Catholic cathedrals of Moscow, Salzburg, Saint-Denis and Los Angeles; the Classical Underground in Carson, California, and also at rock clubs like the Viper Room, the Roxy, and the Whisky A Go Go in L.A. Among others, he’s worked with the L.A. Master Chorale, Steven Spielberg, Harry Connick, Jr., George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Lili Haydn and Nishat Khan.
His genre-crossing concert and CD series organica (2005) presents the pipe organ to a new audience by combining classical with contemporary music, adding computer visuals, live painting, other instruments, voice and dance—taking the instrument to the cutting edge.